Worlds made of Heroes - 6-7 November 2014 - CALL FOR PAPERS EXTENDED DEADLINE 30th JUNE 2014

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Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
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In order to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the publication of The Lord of the Rings' first volume – The Fellowship of the Ring –, the Porto Conference "Worlds made of Heroes" invites submissions of 20-minute papers in English (preferably), French or Portuguese in a variety of themes related to the works of J. R. R. Tolkien and fantasy in general. Literary and cultural questionings will be discussed alongside with intermedial dynamics within the context of Tolkien's work and its multiple versions and expansions. At a narratological level, special attention will be given to textual analyses around rhetorical/stylistic features and devices that further reveal important ideological layers. Papers on other works of fantasy, such as Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian, Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea, Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon, and George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, as well as Jorge Luís Borges's Ficciones, Jorge de Sena's O Físico Prodigioso, and Italo Calvino's Le città invisibili, among many other works and their adaptations, will also be particularly welcome. Suggested paper topics include:

1 - J. R. R. Tolkien's works and their adaptations: intermedial dynamics
2 - Theorizing fantasy
3 - The hero's role in fantasy and culture
4 - Travel literature and the construction of identity
5 - Ancient-classical origins of epic narratives
6 - The influence of epic fantasy on other genres
7 - Epic fantasy and mythology
8 - Epic fantasy and national identities
9 - Epic fantasy and social concerns
10 - Allegory vs reality: is this an issue or a false issue?

Submissions should be sent by e-mail to:

Proposals must include:
- Paper's full title
- Abstract (max. 250 words)
- Name and e-mail address (other contacts if relevant)
- Institutional affiliation
- Short bionote

Deadline for proposals: 30th June 2014
Notification of acceptance: 31st July 2014
Deadline for registration: 1st October 2014

Registration fee: 80 Euros
Student fee: 40 Euros